Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus - Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 314
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 5.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of wattoclone
2.32/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Being a big fan of pumpkin beers when I saw this pumpkin lambic I had to give it a try. This beer proves that price does not correlate with greatness. The appearance was excellent, a dark orange brown with frothy head. Unfortunately, after that everything fell off the cliff. The aroma was similar to Martinelli's Sparkling Cider with maraschino cherries. There were subtle notes of pumpkin pie spice, but nothing like a good framboise. The taste was even more disappointing: very little sweetness, watery sour apple peels and hints of pumpkin pie spices. Considering the high price, I really felt cheated. Where is the pumpkin? (628 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed burnt orange/copper. Head is small, fizzy, and white. Drops to a small collar with no cap. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with sweet spice. Cinnamon and allspice with sweet apple and mild pumpkin flesh. Smells like a mulled cider. Pumpkin spice and a faint lingering tartness. A tiny bit damp. Rather akin to a cider with minimal depth. Sweet and sugary as it warms.

Taste: Apple and faint spice. Sweet cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of allspice. Very faint vegetal pumpkin. Apple skin and flesh. Juicy with a tiny hint of a tart edge. Pumpkin pie filling fused with warm apple spice. Mildly acetic as it warms. Spiced vinegar. A hint of oak and musty earth.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very minimal carbonation. Wet and smooth. Relatively clean.

Overall: Apple pie lambic.

Where's my pumpkin. Sweet and loaded with apple. Taste like a Lindemans. (899 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Produced on 20/08/12.

3.25 A: Partially murky medium orange color. A couple fingers of foamy white head that fell quickly and left only a few wisps of lacing.

3.5 S: I never knew Timmermans was backsweetened till now. I suppose that's why no one ever talks about them. This has a distinct apple cider aroma to it. Pumpkin is secondary. It works, especially since both things come out in the fall. It even has the whole mulling spices thing going on. Good bit of sweetness, but no overly so.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. Spiced apple cider. I'm not even sure if I can taste any pumpkin. There really isn't a whole lot else to say. Moderate sweetness with some funk aspects hidden behind the sugars. Not a brewer's masterpiece, but it is tasty nonetheless.

3.75 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is soft and spritzy. Supremely smooth.

3.5 D: I never know what to make of sweetened lambics, but they always taste good. I feel like I'm drinking a soft drink half the time, but I guess it's not so bad. (1,055 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Kevin for splitting this one. Not so sure how the infusion of pumpkin beers and the lambic style will work out. Pours copper, and that's about it. Half clear and half murky allowing some light to pass through. A puffy white head billows up quickly and leaves spotty, chunky lacing behind on its down the glass.

There's a nice bit of pumpkin in the aroma, followed by some of the usual suspects in pumpkin or fall-esque beers; nutmeg, cocoa powder, cinnamon. There's a mild sweetness in the aroma that butts heads with the spices; apples, wheat, and a mild lactic character. So far, I'm not sure if this smells more like a typical pumpkin ale that hints at the lambic style, or a typical lambic style that hints at the pumpkin ale. Perhaps that's a good thing - maybe that's what they were going for?

Much to my surprise, the first thing I taste as the beer hits my palate, in fact, isn't pumpkin. Rather, a good rush of apple skins assaults my taste buds and injects a mild tartness into my sense - a VERY mild tartness, mind you, nowhere close to being sour or puckering. I am not left high and dry by the pumpkin, however; shortly thereafter, it becomes nothing but a pumkinfest and the spices begin dominating - cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, light brown sugar, wheat, pie crust....A very complimentary selection of flavors, I'd say. That light tartness tends to just fade over the course of the brew into a delicate sweetness. Aftertaste is full of a lightly sugary, spice, mildly acidic pumpkin-ish concoction. Thin-medium bodied with heavy carbonation and a mouth feel that evaporates.

Hm, definitely pretty different but definitely still tasty. I kept battling in my mind whether this was more of a regular pumpkin ale or more of a lambic, and by the end - I still don't think I've decided. It's got characteristics of both, but just maybe not enough of the lambic qualities. Had this been a little more tart, it might be a different story. (1,956 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/20/2012. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of tart green apple, pear, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, clove, pepper, brown sugar, toast, grass, and earthy yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; smells like apple pie with some pumpkin. Taste of tart green apple, pear, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, brown sugar, pie crust, grass, herbal, clove, and light yeast spiciness. Light fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, brown sugar, grass, pie crust, pepper, clove, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of fruit and malt flavors; with a nice malt/spiciness balance; and almost zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, fairly crisp, and foamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish as expected for 4%. Overall this is a very good non-soured fruit lambic. Nice malt/spice balance and complexity, with moderate tartness; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this quite a bit. (1,366 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, dated 20/08/12. Pours clear copper orange with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty (slightly wet cardboardy) malts, gingerbread spices, and some pumpkin and tropical fruit.

The flavor is gingerbread spices, cinnamon and tart/sour fruits and some mustiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation.

Overall, it's interesting - like a gingerbread sour. I did like it a bit better on draft than in the bottle. The bottle was more musty and subdued. (539 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Pumking glass. Darker orange in color and high clarity for the style. A thin, sticky white head barely covers the top.

Aroma has a sweet crisp fruit presence to it with some moderate pumpkin pie spices. It actually reminds me more of a sugary apple pie filling rather then pumpkin. I get a hint of funk to it and some moderate tartness but overall the traditional lambic flavors are overshadowed by the sugary fruits.

The taste has a little more of a doughy, pie crust flavor to it, especially in the finish. Again, I'm getting more of a sugary apple pie filling flavor to it with some cinnamon and nutmeg spices. I get a little more tartness to it in the finish but again the lambic flavors take back seat to the sugary fruits.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with above average carbonation. Overall, it was a decent beer but the sugary fruits dominated a little too much. A little more of a funky, sour lambic presence could have really helped balance it out. It was a pretty unique and interesting beer overall though. I think they also could have labeled it apple pie instead of pumpkin and nobody would think it odd. (1,167 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Produced on 20/08/2012

A: Pours a very lightly hazy copper to light amber in color with some moderate amounts of orange highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of apple, pear, and cinnamon spice - almost like a cider with some apple pie notes. Just the lightest note of tartness.

T: Upfront the beer has a cider like flavor with moderate amounts of apple and pear. Next you experience a light amount of tartness with some spices (cinnamon and just a touch of nutmeg). Finally, there is a touch of pumpkin with a little more sweetness than I expected but it is still pretty light in the sweetness. The pumpkin flavor is really most present in the finish and the after taste, along with some lingering cinnamon flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly from the carbonation and the acidity.

O: This is definitely an interesting beer and one that I am glad I decided to pick up and try - there is a little too much apple/pear cider flavors/aromas in it to be great but definitely worth trying in my opinion. Very easy to drink but it almost reminds me of a combination apple and pumpkin pie. (1,429 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light orange amber in color and has a very slight amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of apples in the nose along with some hints of cinnamon.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is a little reminiscent of apple cider, having some tartness and hints of pumpkin pie.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and tastes a little like apple pie and pumpkin pie. (617 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention. Mostly clear lacing, sticking to the glass. Light copper body. Aroma Includes a nice, earthy green apple-like pumpkiney flavor? Very slight horse blanket in the distant back ground. Taste is very cider-like with again, I suppose a faint pumkin flavor. Honestly the beer tastes more like a cider than a lambic. Doesn't taste bad at all, but totally unexpected. (442 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into my Lindmemans glass (nonic?), this beer is a clear pale orange color, no haze to it but with soft, fizzy bubbling activity contributing to the big, fluffy white head. The crown itself is a fluffy pillow of sturdy foam, starting off over three fingers tall but tamer on subsequent pours, still sturdy with great retention. Lacing is left thickly in a couple of rings and patches following.
I get dust, earth and hay on the nose with a funky tartness. There's a balancing sweetness in the flavor that the aroma doesn't really give off. Pumpkin is very subtle, but it is present and detectable; again, this is more in the flavor than the aroma. I like the aroma, but the yeast is strongest, and the dust and earthy notes tone out the rest of what follows. Once on the tongue, the pumpkin flesh becomes a stronger note, and sweetness mingles nicely with funk and a level tanginess.
The feel is pretty fluffy and nicely crisp in a body that manages medium though it threatens thinness. The flow keeps up, though, and the carbonation almost builds up the body. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.24/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a tumbler on Thanksgiving. Nose is somewhat acidic with quite a bit of spice. The flavor is overwhelming spice. Loads of pumpkin pie, and a bit cidery as well. Cider component really comes out as it warms, with the spice/cider combo making it taste like liquid Apple Jacks. Not a fan. (340 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours transparent a golden hay color with a small white fizzy head

S- a bit of funky sourness, some baked cinnamon apples, and some yeast

T- this tastes like liquid apple pie, with notes of cooked apple and cinnamon. The pumpkin is there, but plays more of an undertone role. Finishes slightly sour and dry.

M- light bodied, lively carbonation with just a bit of puckering mouthfeel and finish.

O- this made a great dessert beer after my entree of quail. Not very strong in the pumpkin, but very enjoyable. (515 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Timmermans : Pumpkin Lambicus

LOOK: Pours a clear pale orangeish amber color with a fizzy yet soapy foam.

SMELL: Funky Lambic yeast and a pronounced sourness. There is a hint of cinnamon like spice. Also a whiff of wheat and hay.

TASTE: Tart wild yeasts, giving off cider like flavors of sour apple, apple pie, booze soaked apples and crust. Undertones of allspice, clove and cinnamon. Cracker like wheat malt rounds out the profile, with little bitterness. Kind of tastes like a tart spiced baked apple. Pumpkin flavor is slight compared to American pumpkin ales, but is still noticeable with a slight vegetable flavor. Finishes with a lingering tartness.

FEEL: On the light side of medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Semi dry.

OVERALL: A success from the worlds oldest Lambic brewery. The pumpkin was soft and let the other flavors come out more. (860 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle, poured into a large wine glass. Pours a dark ruddy orange, with a good half-inch deep layer of foam on top. Good spotty lace coats the glass. The nose is really fruity, reminiscent of spiced cider - apples, pear, banana, oak. Nice aroma invites me to take a sip.

I poured this one extra cold, it just seemed appropriate at the time. Great crisp feel, with ample carbonation giving this one legs. Easy finish as the mildness really allows me to sip and sip, until I find myself gulping. As this one starts quite cold, it reminds me of an autumn cider my mom always makes - apple, cinnamon, orange peel. This is spot on. As the beer warms up a bit though, the pumpkin peeks through, though faintly. Lots of autumn spice and apples. Very mild tartness on the finish. Barely present really.

This is an oddity of a beer. It's not really pumpkin, and it's not really a tart lambic. As long as you're not expecting that (and why would you given the name...ugghhh), it's really not a bad beer. I'd love to have this one with a hearty feast. I think it would pair nicely. (1,091 characters)

Photo of nimrod979
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9.36 fl oz. Caged and corked. Bottled on 21/08/12. Poured into a DFH pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly clar light copper color. Fizzy rocky white head, that has moderate retention but lacks lacing. A thin ring of head circles the top of the beer and has spots throughout.

Aroma: Cinnamon and apple seem to be the most dominate. Spicy throughout.

Taste: There is a brown sugar sweetness that hits up front. Apple cider notes add a little bit of sour/tartness throughout the middle. finishes up with a nice cinnamon spiciness. Interesting flavors that blend well and meld together throughout. Not getting much pumpkin here. It's more of like a cinnamon spiced apple cider.

Mouthfeel: Slighty lighter than medium bodied. with a nice dose of carbonation. Great balance between sweet, tart, and spicy. the beer does it

Overall: As I said, not much pumpkin but plays like a cinnamon spiced apple cider. I can dig it. Not your typical pumpkin beer and a beer that could easily been a disaster gives somewhat complex and interesting flavors. (1,047 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this missed the mark for me, after a ton of anicipation. i thought this would be a fusion of two great styles, but instead it seems to take the worst elements of both rather than the best. opened with the thanksgiving feast, more sober than i usually am at that time. it pours a light hazy orange color, a little dull, with an inch of white bubbly froth. the nose is both sweet and tart at the same time. less funk or sour than i was hoping for, as call i can really smell is the spice profile usually associated with a pumpkin beer. flavor is really odd, and not totally nice. theres some allspice and clove up front, with a lot of brown sugar sweetness, but then a tart yeast comes in making the whole thing seem off, its almost vinegary, which doesnt compliment the fall flavors or aromas at all, and then the sugar comes back in the finish, making for one strange ride. nobody who i shared this with hated it, but we all thought it was a let down. thin body, effervescent carbonation, low alcohol, and just something flat out off. i dont know, as far as the style goes i thought the jolly pumpkin version did a much better job, but maybe these two styles of beer are incompatible after all... (1,196 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, a light sourness, with a note of spice. In the taste, sweet fruitiness, a mellow spice, and a small tartness. A small spice like bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry small spice and a small tart fruitiness in the aftertaste. A bit sweet, but interestingly different. (351 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an inch of foam; solid lacing action

Smell: Smells vaguely like a cider, with apple and pear elements and a touch of sourness underneath - never would have pegged it as a pumpkin from the aroma

Taste: Apple and pear cider sweetness on the tip of the tongue, up front, with cinnamon and tart flavors developing in the middle; after the swallow, there is a sense of pumpkin and cinnamon though it is very subtle and the beer finishes much as it starts, with the sweeter flavors dominant

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat prickly

Overall: I was excited to try this when I saw it for sale but it falls into the category of sweetened Lambics and just is not that interesting (741 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace forms around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some apple cider and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same but only mildly sour. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but it isn't all that sour and doesn't really have any real pumpkin aromas or flavors. (579 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pumpkin sour? I pounced on this one. 4.00% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 9.36 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood-and-wire cap over a cork served into a New Belgium goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a sour but I'm weary of pumpkin as a lambic choice. Still, I trust this brewery. Bottled 20/08/12 (DD/MM/YY).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Satisfying cork pop on the open; no issues with beer surging out or anything like that.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness, and pretty good retention - though it's worth noting that the ABV is rather low. Body colour is a dark dull orange-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Lacing is decent. The colour isn't horribly appealing, but there's nothing outright wrong with the appearance.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice - the usual makings of any pumpkin beer. But there's also that hint of candi sugar and light bacteria on the back end. I hope it delivers the sourness; it's coming off rather sweet here. I even get brown sugar. An average strength aroma.

She was a bit too cold, actually. I waited a few minutes while she warmed before trying it. Retention time was between 2-3 minutes.

T/Mf: Brown sugar on the open to a crisp spicey body with a pumpkin tone but not a definite distinct note. Crystal malts lend it a tingly feel until the third act, where a stilted dryness emerges along with hints of pear from the yeast. The third act is the most rewarding, with the fruity lambic notes joining with the spice in a satisfying way. No alcohol comes through. Quite cidery, actually perry-esque might be more appropriate. I get mainly gourd but not much actual seed. As she warms, a light sourness comes through - though nowhere near the level I hoped for. It's certainly a balanced beer, and I quite like it. I wouldn't call it simple but it does lack complexity. Nicely subtle. The spicing is well-executed.

Smooth and wet throughout. Good thickness; a touch overcarbonated but it's suited well to aging.

Dr: A very drinkable pumpkin beer and one that I enjoyed more than most, but it doesn't meet my hopes for it. Don't expect sourness or tartness here; it lacks the best qualities of a good lambic. Still, it delivers on what could have been a train wreck of an idea. I wouldn't get it again and there's no sense it aging it, but I think if you approach it without many expectations you may be pleasantly surprised. This is not the uber-tart pumpkin sour of my dreams, but it's a refreshing light little pumpkin beer that seems to be getting overlooked this season. I look forward to finishing the bottle; it's nice to have a low ABV beer from time to time.

Would pair well with an acidic salad.

Serve slightly chilled, but not refrigerator cold.

Low B

*I had to muck with the appearance rating to get the letter grade I wanted. Please see my profile for more information about my ratings system. (3,135 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft, served in a shaker plastic cup. Can I just go on record early and say this beer is weird...very weird. The first sip was all pumpkin...the rest was all lactic acid. Still not a bad beer but it is pushing what can be considered a "lambic" to call this a lambic.

Beer is orange with a mild haze and a lazy white head of small and large bubbles no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is lactic, mild yeast, some pumpkin.

Beer is at first quite gourdy with big pumpkin up front, dry finish, second taste is all tart and then on out it is just tart. I don't think I like it and I won't have it again but I don't regret drinking it. (634 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The bear pours a clear golden amber color with a layer of white head that sticks around quite nicely.

Smell: Right away I'm getting cinnamon and lots of it. There is an apple juice notes here as well. The overall smell is mild and light.

Taste: There is some pumpkin here, but the cinnamon dominates the flavor. Light and just a bit tart, but this isn't an overly sour beer. Reminds me a bit of a cinnamon apple cider. I think this would be a nice Christmas beer.

Mouthfeel: The body is light with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a very interesting beer. The words cinnamon lambic were used by more than one person. The pumpkin was overshadowed a bit, but I liked the beer. (822 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Glen Ellyn, IL
Date: "Produced on 08/21/12 09:17"
Glass: Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

Timmermans' "Pumpkin Lambicus" does not feature any tartness or sourness, except for perhaps a trace amount in the back of the throat, which makes it a fairly strange lambic-based beer. More authentic than the common Lindeman's beers, this avoids syrupy sweetness and replaces it with pie spices, rather than using whatever the lambic base's tartness could be. Interesting, but not sure I'd pick up another for $15, as opposed to purchasing some other pumpkin beer for half the price.

Pours a 2cm head of marginally off-white foam, which has average to slightly above-average retention. As the head descends to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, it leaves modest lacing along the sides of the glass: a few chunky streaks and large dots. Body is a dark orange to brown color, with orange-yellow highlights. Light brings out pale orange-yellow hues throughout the body, which is semi-hazy. Carbonation is fairly vigorous and easily visible, streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is of pumpkin puree, apple cider, and very mild pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, dried ginger, and cardamom. Generally, very sweet, with little of the attendant tartness and farmhouse complexity that are normally present in lambic-based beers. If nothing else, this is interesting, and certainly not repellent.

Overall taste is sweet and apple cider-like, with only slight traces of sourness along the sides of the tongue. Tasting opens with pumpkin syrup influenced sweetness, cinnamon spice, mild graininess, and a slight tartness. Mid-palate is of pumpkin cider, with fairly realistic pumpkin flavor and cinnamon with nutmeg flavoring. Back of palate continues the canned pumpkin puree taste, alongside pie spices and a bit of sweetened pie crust. Lingering aftertaste of pie spices (cinnamon, mostly), pie crust sweetness, and light bitterness/tartness.

The beer is medium to medium-light in body, with a medium-level amount of carbonation. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly thin, though carbonated enough to produce a slightly creamy or "soft-bubbly" effect. At times, this is a bit thin or watery across the palate and a bit dissastisfying as a result. Closes slightly dry, mostly wet, which likely arises from lack of acidity in the beer. (2,346 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass. Pours a medium pumpkin amber with a fine off-white two finger head with good retention and lots of lacing. Looks nice. Compelling aroma of light pumpkin, lambic yeast and seasonal spices; peppery. Initial flavor is pleasantly sharp and spicy, mostly from carbonation, developing into sweet / sour apple, pumpkin and pie spices, especially cinnamon. Finishes with spice bitterness and light, tart apple. Light bodied, as appropriate, with active and spicy carbonation. A very nice, refreshing light sparkling lambic with a nice seasonal combination of flavors. Surprisingly bright flavors for the low ABV. (640 characters)

Timmermans Pumpkin Lambicus from Brouwerij Timmermans-John Martin N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.